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Simmering Summer Puts Midwest in Hot Water

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Simmering Summer Puts Midwest in Hot Water

Drought and scorching heat are warming lakes, streams and rivers in the Midwest and Plains to temperatures seldom seen before.
In Chicago, Lake Michigan hit 82 degrees in late July: “I can’t remember a shoreline water temperature going any higher in my 35 years here,” reports Chicago meteorologist Tom Skilling of WGN, “which means a reading any higher takes us into record territory.”

A customer in western Illinois complained to the water department in Moline that her “cold” water was coming out warm: “She said she went to every water faucet in her house,” says Moline water division general manager Greg Swanson, “and wondered if something was wrong with her pipes.”

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